migi nail art pens

xgpopex-blog  asked:

Have you got any particular tools (besides nail polish of course!) that you would recommend?

UPDATE: I have added more products to my essentials. View my updated reviews here. 

I certainly do! I posted my nail prep essentials before (which you can find here ) but I have been wanting to do a nail art tools one too, so what a perfect opportunity!

These right here are my nail art rocks. I use them every week (as you can tell from how messy they have become!)
1. My absolute favorite thing I use are my Migi Nail Art pens! I searched for such a long time to find nail art pens that worked well and didn’t clog up and these babies are amazing! I’ve had them for over 2 years and they are still going strong. I don’t think I’ve done more than maybe 4 nail sets without them. Definitely the best investment I’ve ever made when it comes to my nails.
2. Whenever I have to use colors that I don’t have in pen form, or when I want to do bigger designs, I use little nail brushes or a dotting tool. Mine are due for replacing but they are so essential. Make sure you keep your brushes clean! I took awful care of mine when I first got them and now they are stiff and not as great as they should be anymore.
3. The last brush was a gift from heynicenails and let me tell you, it is a life saver! I dip it in acetone and use it to clean up the polish on my cuticles after I have finished painting my nails. Clean cuticles really give nails that sharp finish that frames the great work you do so nicely. And let’s face it, everyone makes a mess of their cuticles when painting their nails, it’s only natural. But with this brush it is so very easy to clean up at the end!

I know this isn’t really essential to the review but I wanted to show you how I keep it all together. I searched for months to find a perfect little case that fit everything I needed. It’s like my nail art emergency essentials kit. 

I hope this helped! Let me know if you have any more questions about what I use!

The older I get, the more obsessed I am with anything and everything Lisa Frank. But of course we may not always have the time or energy to do a full-blown 90s homage (like these I did before). So here’s a simple, fun, and super easy tutorial for how to sport a classic Lisa Frank look!

1. Paint your nails with a white polish. 
2. Using a makeup sponge and generous amounts of polish, paint stripes of the colors you want to use in your gradient, overlapping the colors just a bit. I went for the full gradient, using dark purple, light purple, pink, yellow, mint, and blue. Make sure your stripes are wide enough to cover the full nail when you stamp it in the next step.
3. Stamp your nail. The trick to getting a good stamp out of it is to NOT press down hard when you stamp your nail. You just want to use a light amount of pressure. This allows the polish to transfer thickly to your nail versus absorbing more into the sponge.
4. I used a cheap clear coat to smudge the colors together a bit before they dry. This just makes the ombre a bit smoother. But be careful with this step. If you work on any area too much you risk wiping away the color to reveal the white, or picking up a color on the brush and bringing it where it isn’t meant to go!
5. Using a black Migi Nail Art pen (or a nail art brush dipped in black polish), create your basic leopard print shapes. The best way I can explain to do this is to make various crooked horseshoe/“n” shapes, or sort of ( ) shapes. Mix it up, play around with the shapes - no leopards are perfect!
6. Fill in the gaps between your spots by creating dots and tiny lines.

Enjoy!

Watermelon Nail Art Tutorial for a fresh and fun summer look!

1. Paint a base coat in a dark pink shade.
2. Layer your glitter polish.
3. Using dark green polish, line the tips of your nail.
4. Using a white Migi nail art pen (or whatever you have), create a second, thinner line.
5. Using a black Migi nail art pen (or whatever you have), create the seeds by making a teardrop shape. I did this by first making a dot, and then continuing my dot outwards a little bit.
6. Finish up by cleaning up the cuticle and topping it off with clear coat.

Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!

With a new school year right around the corner, you can’t forget the most important school supply - a killer set of nails! Go back to school in style this year with a super fun and simple pencil nail art mani!

1. First, paint your nail with a light yellow color.
2. Using a darker yellow (I used a Migi Nail art pen in classic yellow), paint two stripes down the nail. I took my lines a little farther than I should. You will want to stop the lines where the silver horizontal line will start. This prevents the lines from creating a weird bump when you paint over it later. (for a slightly more advanced illusion, fill in the left and right sides with your darker yellow. This will give it a more authentic/realistic look.)
3. Paint the tip of your nail with a dusty pink color to create the eraser. You can make the eraser as big or small as you want - it really just depends on what you want to create. And don’t worry about it if your line is a bit jagged. You can cover it in the next step.
4. Lastly, use a silver polish to create the metal ring on the pencil. Here you can cover up your edge of the pink polish if you need to.

Finish off with a top coat and you’re ready to study in style!